Book Review: The Single Mums' Picnic Club by Jennifer Joyce.

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Release Date: 8th June 2018
Publisher: HQ Digital
Twitter: @writer_jenn

Get your picnic baskets, cooler bags and lunchboxes out from the back of the cupboard because you're going to want them after reading Jennifer Joyce's latest book! It's packed (get it) with everything you could possibly want for a summer read; wonderful friendships, dreamy romance, cute kids and delicious food! 

Book Review: Lord Stanton's Last Mistress by Lara Temple.


Release Date: 31st May 2018
Publisher: Mills and Boon
Twitter: @laratemple1

Sometimes you just need a good historical romance story to change it up a little and delve into another era. I'm lucky because whenever I feel like this is what I need, I have an array of fantastic historical romance authors to choose from, Lara Temple being one of them. Lara knows just how to hook me in and keep me entertained and I love her for it.

Blog at the Beach: Social Media Tips.

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On Saturday we went to our first blogger event here in the U.K. As always we were a little anxious about getting there, meeting new people and not knowing what to expect, but we needn't have been worried at all (isn't that usually the case?) as Ice Lolly Holiday threw a great party and we met some wonderful people. We had a lovely day...and ate wood fired pizza! #Winning! 

Dolce Vita Bloggers: Our Dolce Vita.


When thinking about this month's #DolceVitaBloggers topic, we knew that the majority of things that we were going to say would be very simple and straightforward, after all, it truly is the little things in life that mean the most. Therefore in the hopes of doing something a little different, we had the marvelous idea of sharing Our Sweet Life with you in shopping list form. All of the things on it are the ingredients that make our life sweet! 

Book Review: How (Not) to Date A Prince by Zoe May.

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Release Date: 4th May 2018
Publisher: HQ Digital
Twitter: @zoe_writes

If you read our interview with Zoe May a week ago, you'll know that I was super excited to get my nose stuck into her second book; How (Not) To Date A Prince. I saved it to read on the plane to Italy and am so glad I did, because it made time fly by!!

72 Hours in Pisa.


Earlier this week, we took a trip to Pisa, Italy. It was our first holiday to Italy that didn't involve going to see family and/or having someone with us who could speak the language, thus meaning I was slightly nervous. Silly right, considering it's a place frequented by tourists and most people there speak English? I don't know, I tend to put a lot of pressure on myself regarding the fact that with Nanna and Grandad being Italian, I feel like I should be fluent! I'll get there...piano, piano! (Slowly, slowly)

An Interview with Author Zoe May.


I've only read Zoe May's debut novel, Perfect Match, and I already know she is going to be a regular feature on my kindle/bookshelf. Her second book, How (not) to Date A Prince, is currently waiting to be read and I cannot wait. It's going to be my plane read this weekend. Zoe's writing reminds me very much of Portia MacIntosh and we all know how I feel about her! :) She is definitely an author to keep an eye on and add to your list! I hope you enjoy finding out more about Zoe in today's interview! 

Mum's Chopped Salad.


Our Mum started making this dish quite a few years ago now, probably when we moved house and started having Nanna and Grandad round for Christmas and special occasion meals. It's really very simple and yet it goes down a treat every time. Everyone looks forward to it and we are left with a table of empty plates...until the next course is served!  

Book Review: One Summer In Italy by Sue Moorcroft.

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Release Date: 17th May 2018
Publisher: Avon
Twitter: @suemoorcroft

I just can't help myself; when I see a book related to Italy I have to read it! I saw this one on Netgalley and it sounded right up my street, so thank you to the lovely people at Avon for letting me add it to my list!

Happy Father's Day Q & A.


We have shared many a blog post on our amazing Dad, from trips we have taken together, things he has taught us over the years and of course, his passing down his love of the classics on to us. Today, in honor of Father's Day, we thought we'd let you hear from the man himself, with a little Q & A!

How to live the life of your dreams.


Okay, so I'm not about to sit here and give you step by step instructions on how you can live the life of your dreams - I'll leave that to my brother in law, who wrote an awesome book about it. - but  I woke up at five this morning and felt inspired to write, and these were the first words that popped into my head.

An Interview with Author Virginia Heath.

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I can't quite believe it's taken me so long to get Virginia Heath on our blog! Her stories have me giggling to myself, her Wild Warriners make me swoon and I absolutely adore seeing her books on my bookshelf. I am delighted that I discovered her, because my world is a much better place for it! I hope you enjoy this interview and please do pick up one of her books, they are rather wonderful! 

Book Review: No Way Back by Kelly Florentia.

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Release Date: 21st September 2017
Publisher: Urbane Publications
Twitter: @kellyflorentia

I wanted to start by saying Thank you to Kelly Florentia for getting in touch with me about 'No Way Back.' Just by looking at the cover, I wouldn't necessarily have chosen this book to read; it looks a little more mysterious than i'm used to, but you know what they say - never judge a book by it's cover, so i'm very grateful to Kelly for giving me a chance to read it.

Dolce Vita Bloggers: Italy's hidden gem!


We can't boast to having visited many places in Italy, but we are working on that. However, we can boast that having family from Praiano, along the famous Amalfi Coast, often means we don't need to visit anywhere else! With it's breathtaking views, cute cobbled streets, quaint villages and, of course, our family, Praiano has everything we could possible want/need.

Book review: Looking for Trouble by Lara Ward Cosio!


Release date: 22nd May 2018
Publisher: Rogue Publications
Twitter: @laracosio

I've said it before and I'll quite happily shout from the roof tops, do a book happy dance and say it again... I LOVE Lara Ward Cosio's Rouge Series! It's bloody brilliant!!!! I had to get that extra bit British then to really enforce my flipping love for this awesome collection.

Book Review: Summer Secrets at the Apple Blossom Deli by Portia MacIntosh.

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Release Date: 18th May 2018
Publisher: HQ Digital UK
Twitter: @portiamacintosh 

You may notice that this book is currently sat in our Book of the Month spot, so you can probably gather that there's a pretty good chance that I enjoyed it...but you would be wrong...I didn't enjoy it...

Book review: Who needs Men Anyway by Victoria Cooke.


Release Date: 2nd April 2018
Publisher: HQ Digital
Twitter: @VictoriaCooke10

It's been a while since I read Victoria Cooke's debut novel 'The Secret to Falling in Love' and I have been meaning to get my act in gear and catch up with her most recent releases, 'The Holiday Cruise' and 'Who needs Men anyway?' for a little while now, as I thoroughly enjoyed her debut. 'Who needs Men anyway?' did not disappoint. 

Book Review: The Purrfect Pet Sitter by Carol Thomas.

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Release Date: 24th April 2018
Publisher: Ruby Fiction
Twitter: @carol_thomas2

When Carol Thomas got in touch about reviewing 'The Purrfect Pet Sitter,' it sounded like too much fun to pass up, so I had to add it to my TBR pile. I'm so glad I did, because I thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish.

Simple Sweetcorn Fritters!


We feel like we probably say this a lot, but if we could sum up our childhood in a dish there's a 99.9% possibility that we would say this one. The squeals it elicited are second to none...but then again, we don't think there's a dish that Nanna and Grandad prepared for us that didn't have us jumping for joy, doing some sort of odd dance move or making some high pitched noise.

So, I wrote a book...


I DID IT!! I ACTUALLY REALLY DID IT!!

This GIF though! It's kind of my expression right now, like 'Yep, me!! I wrote a book!' I've very much been in dream land since it was announced on Friday.

Book Review: Tempted By The Billionaire Next Door by Therese Beharrie.


Release Date: 3rd May 2018
Publisher: Mills and Boon True Love
Twitter: @theresebeharrie

I'm back with another book from the lovely Therese Beharrie. This one was rather a unique story and had me intrigued, so I couldn't refuse the chance to read it, when Therese got in touch with me. Thank you Therese!

Sharing our Dreams.


One of our biggest dreams in life is to publish our family cookbook. It's quite scary writing that and sort of 'saying it out loud,'. However, it's something we feel we should hold our heads high a little more confidently with now and proclaim that we are in fact going to make this dream a reality. We know it's something we have touched on in the odd tweet here and there, but actually writing it on our blog feels a touch nerve wrecking. We don't want to fail.

How lovely yellow is!


A few months back I wrote a post on my style inspiration and not much has changed since then. Harry Styles has continued to mesmerize me with his outfit choices. It has been so much fun waiting to see what he is wearing each night of his tour via the wonderful world of social media. I would be hard pressed to pick a favourite ensemble, though Manchester's red suit is up there, because we got to experience it live! 

Cheesecake di ricotta al caffe.


It's half 11 in the morning and I'm in Padova, Italy, in our Auntie's kitchen. She's whipping up a simple yet delicious lunch, while Antonella Clerici is chatting to her guests about what they are going to be cooking in the La Prova del Cuoco studio that morning. My sister Jen and I are trying to divide our attention between the beautiful produce on our TV screen and the heavenly smells coming from the kitchen. It's a wonderful moment in our day, and one that we will repeat over the next few days of our trip.

Book Review: One Summer In Rome by Samantha Tonge.

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Release Date: 9th May 2018
Publisher: HQ Digital
Twitter: @samtongewriter

After not long getting back from a trip to Italy, I still very much feel like I am in Italian mode, then again I'm never really out of it, if I'm being honest! I love anything and everything to do with the beautiful country, so reading Samantha Tonge's new book leading into Summer was a no brainer. 

Dolce Vita Bloggers: Five Italian Words.

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Growing up with Italian grandparents has meant we've always, always, been surrounded by the beauty that is the Italian language. While we didn't learn to become fluent as kids, we still knew the very basics - we were always proud that we could count to ten in Italian - and could still acknowledge certain words our Nanna and Grandad said.

Goodnight Sweetheart.

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Ever since our sister Jen played 'Say what I feel' to us, six years ago, after she heard The Overtones sing it live on Dancing on Ice, I have loved this band unconditionally. I hadn't bothered about buying albums, watching music videos or catching live television appearances since our Good Charlotte days, but that all changed the moment I heard this five piece vocal harmony group. All of a sudden, from that day forward I had a favourite band, again, and I couldn't get enough of them.

Book Review: A Warriner To Seduce Her by Virginia Heath.

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Release Date: 3rd May 2018
Publisher: Mills and Boon
Twitter: @VirginiaHeath_

Would any bookworm out there just confirm with me that it's okay to messy cry over a series ending? I can feel a huge book hangover coming on, I just know it, but I don't know what to do about it! I feel tears are inevitable when thinking about my wonderful Wild Warriners and how I won't get to visit Markham Manor anymore!! Unless...Virginia...I saw you talking about a legacy?...maybe?...pretty please...I'll just leave that here...please?!! 

Book Review: Lady Cecily And The Mysterious Mr Gray by Janice Preston.

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Release Date: 3rd May 2018
Publisher: Mills and Boon
Twitter: @janicegpreston

Oooh this book was dangerous!! For all the right reasons and I adored everything about it! Janice Preston just gets better and better and I know my kindle is happy when I have at least one of her books in line to read. 

72 Hours in Italy: Day 3.

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Day three of our Italy trip definitely made me feel like an excited little blogger. We took a trip to Verona, where our cousin lives and works. While I didn't wear any cute outfits and take any pictures of me (maybe one day) I felt like quite the photographer taking pictures of the stunning views and quirky side streets. In short, Verona was beautiful and I'm so happy we got to spend some time there.

72 Hours in Italy: Days 1 and 2.


The last time I was in Padova, Italy, was 14 years ago! 14 years!! It seems so strange that a place I haven't been to for over a decade could feel so familiar and so homely. From our Auntie's street, to her humble little kitchen, to the pizzeria we once visited, it all bought back memories and a feeling of great comfort.

The Lonesome Traveler!

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Last Saturday, for the first time in thirty years, I experienced a long haul flight all on my lonesome. Between the trying my best to not look like a lost puppy in the airport without Kelly by my side and my realization of the fact that Kelly is the organized twin, usually leads the way and actually reads signs and fine print, I managed not to forget anything, have a rather pleasant journey and make it to Florida in one piece. #Winning

An Interview with Author Jenni Fletcher.

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It's been a little while since we've had any author interviews here on our blog and quite frankly we've missed them. We've read so many great books lately, by so many wonderful authors, that we felt inspired to once again get asking them questions - which they have so kindly answered. First up is Jenni Fletcher, who's new book just so happens to be our book of the month and for good reason. Jenni is brilliant! We hope you enjoy our interview with her...

Book Review: The Holiday Cottage by the Sea by Holly Martin.


Release Date: 12th April 2018
Publisher: Bookouture
Twitter: @HollyMAuthor 

I feel like I say this every time I write a review for Holly Martin’s latest book, but that’s only because it has to be said; she out does herself every time and her books just get better and better. People call her the queen of romance and I have to say, they would be right. She writes feel good romantic comedies flawlessly and they are not to be missed.

Harry Styles Live on Tour!

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We currently wish we were sat in the Manchester Arena awaiting Harry Styles to hit the stage all over again, because WOW, just WOW! Monday night we had such an incredible time getting to see him on Tour. He was bloody brilliant and we didn't want the night to end. In sharing with you some pictures from our fabulous night, we thought we would highlight one of the many reasons we adore this man.

Little things.

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We've written a few posts in the past about little things that make us happy, or how it's the small things that take up the most room in our hearts, and we still very much believe this to be true. Since moving back home there isn't a day that goes by where we don't feel grateful for what we have in our lives. We love being back in the U.K. Here's why...

Book Review: The Seven Sisters by Lucinda Riley. PLUS a HUGE giveaway!

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Release Date: 23rd April 2015
Publisher: Pan
Twitter: @lucindariley

Oh my goodness!!! I am currently sat here wondering why it ever took me so long to listen to my Mum and sister Jen and read this book! There was a reason they kept going on about it... it's blooming fantastic!!! 

Dolce Vita Bloggers: Our Perfect Day in Italy.


Welcome to April's Dolce Vita Bloggers post! We are loving these topics from Kelly, Jasmine and Kristie! They are so much fun to write. So, let's dive in to this months post...

Book Review: Captain Amberton's Inherited Bride by Jenni Fletcher.


Release Date: 22nd March 2018
Publisher: Mills and Boon
Twitter: @jennifletcher

It's Good Friday, I've just finished reading this gorgeous book and it's put me in an even better mood than having four days off work had me in already! Oh how I loved this book! Jenni Fletcher, you genius you. You get me hook line and sinker every time! That last line....I'm waiting!!!!! :D 

Happy Easter/ Buona Pasqua!


Hey Everyone! Hope you are all having a super start to Spring! Even though we woke up to drizzle today we have been making the most of the sunshine peaking through the clouds, both at work and in our gardens, over the last few days. It's hopefully giving us a taste of a good old British Summer to come, which we haven't experienced in a long time and cannot wait for.

Book Review: The Sister Swap by Fiona Collins.

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Release Date: 1st June 2018
Publisher: HQ Digital
Twitter: @fionajanebooks

With a busy work schedule, I don't get as much time to read as I used to, which means when I do pick up a book lately, I want it to transport me to another place and take my mind off the real world for a while. You know that feeling of just sinking into your pillow in utter relaxation mode? Well, that's exactly what I got this past week while reading this new delight from Fiona Collins. 

Book Review: The Seven Sisters Series by Lucinda Riley.


The Seven Sisters Series by Lucinda Riley! 

Today's book review is coming to you from the mouths of our Mum and sister Jen. Why? Because after months of hearing them talk nonstop about Lucinda Riley, I felt like I had to share their thoughts. I am yet to read the books, but I have promised I will do soon - I'm certain I won't hear the end of it until I do! 

Everyone should do this...


In our line of work it is mandatory that we go on first aid courses. We learnt all about recovery positions and R.I.C.E back in college and completed exams online in America to refresh our knowledge. Having been a little out of the childcare loop for the past few years here in the UK, we were certainly due some training. So, the past two Wednesday's we finished work at five and headed straight to a three hour session with Manchester First Aid Training.

Book Review: The Ton's Most Notorious Rake by Sarah Mallory.

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Release Date: 22nd February 2018
Publisher: Mills and Boon Historical
Twitter:  @sarahmromance

May I just say that I read this whole book on my kindle and didn't see the cover till the end, and what a cover it is! He's a bit dreamy don't you think? Am I right or am I right? Plus, he fits perfectly in my mind for Beau Russington. Beau is very much a heartthrob in 'The Ton's Most Notorious Rake,' and I really enjoyed his presence in this story...

Take me back to...


Do you ever find yourself day dreaming about another time, another era? We often do. We've grown up listening to the classics like Motown and driving around in car's from the 1950's and 60's. We've read books that transport us to historical times and times when the world was vastly different. Occasionally we find ourselves thinking about what it would be like to experience going back in time. And today we thought we'd share which era we would wish to go.

Book Review: Jack Kerouac recommendations.


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In this weeks upcoming post Kelly and I will be talking a little bit about era's gone by and how, for me especially, we feel a connection to certain times and wish we could go back and experience them. 

Book Review: The Wedding That Changed Everything by Jennifer Joyce.


Release Date: 7th February 2018
Publisher: HQ Digital 
Twitter: @writer_jenn

Getting into bed after a long day. That first sip of coffee in the morning. Hot water bottles at the end of the bed. Feeling satisfied and full after a delicious meal. These are all wonderful feelings of contentment and happiness. Moments when all is right with the world. I think that reading a book by one of my favourite authors fits perfectly into this category too. It just makes me say "ahhh," and relax.

Dolce Vita Bloggers: Inspirational Women.


This month's Dolce Vita Bloggers topic is Inspirational Women. Fortunately for us, we don't have to look very far to find them. There are numerous strong and incredible Italian women in our family, who we think about and look upto daily. There are also women we have come across through the powers of social media, who motivate us to go after our goals each day. Let's chat; Women who run the world...

Book review: The Best Little Christmas Shop by Maxine Morrey.


Release Date: 3rd November 2017
Publisher: HQ Digital
Twitter: @Scribbler_Maxi

I feel like today's book recommendation comes at just the right time. In this current winter wonderland snowy bliss that we find ourselves in, what could be more perfect than curling up in your favourite Pyjama's with a giant mug of tea or coffee and a festive, romantic, feel good read on your lap? 

Banana and Cinzano Muffins.

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Our favourite cake growing up was the one our Mum would make us for our birthday. She would make two, and write our names on each one with writing icing. They were the cutest things and we absolutely loved them. Want to know her secret ingredient?

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